Skeletal remains found in Cork identified as man reported missing in 2004 4 months ago

Skeletal remains found in Cork identified as man reported missing in 2004

The remains were discovered in a car found off Hugh Coveney Pier in Cork last month.

Gardaí have confirmed that skeletal remains discovered in a car in Cork last month have been identified as that of Barry Coughlan, who was reported missing to Gardaí in May 2004, 17 years ago.

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The submerged car was discovered by divers on 26 May and Gardaí were notified.

The scene was preserved as the Garda Water Unit conducted a search operation and were able to extract the car, a red Toyota with registration 98-C-18625, from the water the following day.

Coughlan, then 23 years old, went missing from Crosshaven in Cork on 1 May, 2004 and his disappearance remained a mystery until the discovery of the car last month.

A file will now be prepared for the Coroner by investigating Gardaí.